LEISURES AND PLEASURES IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY by Stella Margetson

LEISURES AND PLEASURES IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A mildly ingratiating chain of anecdote, views and pleasantries concerning the more genteel enjoyments of mainly upper class Britons, from the reign of George IV through the nineties. Feasts and astringent collations at which one was ""seen"" in elegant discomfort; clothes and the arbiters from the impossible ""Beau"" Brummell to the English Women's Domestic Magazine with its cut-out patterns; entertainments at country houses and in town; and spectator and participatory sports--all are lightly whisked through. The author takes up one memorable original after another from the Prince Regent himself and Queen Victoria, through literary ladies and sometime-gentlemen, dilettantes, dons and doyens. An abundant if lumpy pudding.

Pub Date: June 4th, 1969
Publisher: Coward-McCann